Update on the Officer Howard Morgan Case – Commuted Sentence

Thank you to departing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for doing the almost right thing. If you remember SaySomethinL.A. posted about this case last year. Howard Morgan was a detective assigned to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. When he was driving home from his job at 12:45 a.m. on February 21. He was driving on the wrong side of the street three Chicago Police Officers were involved they shot this man 28 times. The only witness to the crime said he never fired his weapon, his hands were behind his back when the shooting started. In addition to the 28 bullets there were several more to his van. The police photographs show Mr. Morgan’s lights were on! Morgan was found not guilty of battery and discharging a fire arm. Yet a retrial he was found guilty and sentenced to 40 years. And the prosecuting attorney a Dan Groth said he earned every bullet. Well “Thank God!” for everyone that knew this was a tragedy and spoke out. Thank you Governor Pat Quinn, even if you did wait until you were leaving office, for doing the almost RIGHT Thing. Initially I thought Govenor Quinn pardoned him, but I guess he’s not that “Stand up.” Once again, I do know there are good police officers in the world but the bad ones like Timothy Finley, John Wrigley, Eric White, and Nicolas Olsen, what awful terrible human beings. I hope you are in some way prosecuted to the fullest extent of the very laws you have violated.

Black Life Matters: Protest Death by Police

No charges will be filed, No Indictment. Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, Luis Rodriguez all unarmed Black men that died at the hands of the police in just the last 3 to 4 months.

Ferguson – Mike Brown: Dorian Johnson, Michael Brady, Piaget Crenshaw, Tiffany Mitchell, Phillip Walker, Emanuel Wilson all told similar stories. Struggle at the car, a shot fired at the car, he runs shots continue, he stops turns around hands up, shots continue until he is dead. Darren Wilson, no charges, grand jury will not indict. Dorian Johnson says he did not reach for the officers gun at all. Construction worker in a recording obtained  by CNN says “He had his f*ck!n hands up.”

L.A. – Ezell Ford: An unarmed Black man dies at the hands of police. Reported to have been shot three times in the back by L.A.P.D on a “investigative stop.” This happened just days after the Mike Brown shooting in August, but for some reason the autopsy has not been made available to the public.

Staten Island – Eric Garner: Dies for supposedly selling “loosies” according to the police. Now in a recording by a citizen it was said he had just broken up a fight. And you see Eric a big guy surrounded by at first 2 then 3, 4, 5 officers. Daniel Pantaleo goes behind Mr. Garner and gets him in chokehold (that is against department policy). The 3 to 4 officers take him to the ground and Pantaleo continue to put pressure around his neck and minutes later he’s dead. Pantaleo quote: It is never my intention to harm anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner.” If that is the case then why did you not let up on the pressure when you and fellow officers were on his back. The media keep saying how big he was, but he is on the ground and everyone can hear his dying words. “I can’t breath.”

South Carolina – Lemar Johnson: State trooper – Stops dude for no seatbelt, and ask for his license and registration. Lemar turns to comply. And officer Sean Groubert snaps and as Lemar turns around starts shooting. He shot at bro four times, and what are there like six shots in the gun. Luckily for Lemar, trooper Groubert is not that great of a shot, and he was shot but he survived. But South Carolina got it right, that let Groubert’s stupid ass go.

I know there are some good police officers out there. It’s rare that we in the Black and Brown Community get to see you, but we know you’re there. And I know your job is hard, but this is the job you signed up for, not every black man you see is out to do something criminal. The American people pay your salaries and we want you to uphold the law. We are not interested in criminals getting away with breaking the law. But stealing or selling a cigarettes is not a crime punishable by death. These men are not above the law, but then neither are you. Regards to the young people of all colors who are continue to protest and demand justice. Black Life Matters. Say Something L.A. It’s too much, and something has to change.